Michael Bird named one of UC Berkeley's ‘Most Influential’ alumni

American Indian Graduate Center Fellow is recognized for his contributions to Native health issues

News Release

American Indian Graduate Center

Michael E. Bird, an American Indian Graduate Center fellow, was recognized by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health as one of their 75 most influential alumni throughout their 75 years of existence. We want to congratulate Michael and celebrate his dedication to Native American health issues.

Bird is a Santo Domingo-San Juan Pueblo Indian from New Mexico. His impressive accomplishments include being the first American Indian to serve as the president of the American Public Health Association (2000-2001) and the first to sit on the National Policy Council for AARP. Previously, he was the executive director of the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center in Oakland, California and now he is a consultant for the National Policy Council for AARP’s Native American Initiative. AIGC is also proud to say that Mr. Bird served on the center’s Board of Directors from 2014-2017, including one term as the Board’s president.

With a lifetime of service to Native communities and the public health industry, Bird is well-deserving of the honor given to him by UC Berkeley. Angelique Albert, Executive Director of the American Indian Graduate Center shared, “Michael Bird is an excellent example of what our alumni can accomplish, and we are proud that he is among the many students that AIGC has served over the past 50 years.”

Photo: Rose Graham and Michael Bird.

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